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13th April 2021

Our local galleries have thrown open their doors again this week. Amanda Loose gets a preview

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First up, is Holt’s Bircham Gallery, whose joint exhibition of beautiful floral still life paintings by Debbie George (her 9thshow with the gallery), and ceramics by Virginia Graham, continues until 21 April. 

Debbie combines her knowledge and love of flowers with her passion for collecting. Flowers form the central interest, complemented by antique china, pebbles and feathers. The upland landscapes viewed from her studio window on the edge of the Peak District National Park, often lend an atmospheric backdrop to her works. 

Their next exhibition opens on 24 April, featuring paintings by Fiona Millais, and ceramics by Clare Conrad, whose work captures the beauty of weathering and erosion. Fiona’s paintings, meanwhile, are usually based on landscape or still life, inspired by travel, music and literature, but are rarely directly representational. The exhibition continues until 19 May.

Across town at The Red Dot Gallery, a new limited-edition print by North Norfolk based artist, Lucy Boydell has leapt into the gallery. The charming ‘A Nimble Hare’ (pictured above) is based upon the original oil and charcoal, and Lucy has decided to allow this new edition to be published using a slightly different colour balance – the introduction of a subtle sepia tone adds a softness to the final result and a tone that reflects those of the animal itself. 

The gallery also has a great line in looped wool nautical themed cushions, Black Labs All At Sea. We love ‘Sea Dog’ (pictured) and new addition ‘Follow the Sun’ (£70 each).

Over in Cley, to celebrate Holkham’s spoonbill breeding success story, Stephen Henderson has made this wonderful wood carving of two hunting spoonbills (pictured above), which has recently landed at Pinkfoot Gallery. He’s also delivered 10 new sculptures, including a stunning pair of divers, standing lapwings and an exquisite little egret which stands at 6ocm tall. 

On the walls, the gallery has a new collection of large oil paintings from Daniel Cole, Rachel Lockwood, Peter Wileman, and Jo Lawrence, plus new linocuts and oils by John Foker.

Behind the scenes, the Pinkfoot team have created a new eCommerce website allowing you to view and purchase a wide array of works from originals, to prints, and bronzes. Their next exhibition ‘Brush & Palette’, works by Andrew Haslen, will run from 22 May to 5 June.

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We’re heading west to Wells, where Gallery Plus is full of colour with new work aplenty on show. Paintings, prints, glassware, ceramics, sculpture, and jewellery are all presented in their bright and airy gallery, which is flooded with natural light.

Featured are Amelia Mills, an abstract artist based on the North Norfolk coast, who is inspired by the ocean and aerial landscapes. Amelia creates vibrant and dynamic paintings by pouring and manipulating artist resin mixed with acrylics onto handmade panels; and Weston Lambert, a highly skilled sculptor and glass artist working with natural stones and minerals. Weston is based in Seattle and Gallery Plus is the only place where you’ll find his work available in the UK and Europe. 

If you’re unable to visit in person, the Gallery Plus website has been refreshed with a clean, contemporary look, allowing you to view lots more work by each of their talented artists and makers.

Birdie Fortescue have recently added two new artists to their collective – Diana Forbes and Marina Meredith-Owen. Diana’s still life collages celebrate colours, nature, flowers and ceramics, inspired by an appreciation of home and a reflection of the meadows surrounding her own. 

Marina takes inspiration from artists such as Matisse, Picasso and the American impressionists. She uses and reuses the same motifs, like jugs, fruits, a table or flowers, painting them from memory so as to give them an emotional response, rather than just drawing them as they are.

Meanwhile, Sarah Caswell and Walsingham Gallery & Framing are ready to welcome you back to Great Walsingham Barns from Tuesday 13 April. In what she calls “a shameless ruse to encourage ‘in person’ visits”, Sarah Caswell is withholding her sought after new small original paintings from the website for one month. So get along there to bag one while you can! She also has a few tiny-framed paintings with unusual treatments including glitter and light emitting paint.

Walsingham Gallery & Framing are braced to receive you for framing consultations and to delight you with gallery artists that you may have missed last year, including fascinating work from local artists Mary Blue and Debbie Lyddon.

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Back in Burnham Market, Laura Pocock of Pocock’s the artmonger has been approved as a Winsor & Newton stockist ahead of an exciting addition to her Burnham Market gallery. 

Her new Art Room, behind the current exhibition space, launched this week, stocking watercolours, gouaches, acrylics, charcoals, pencils, pens, sketchbooks and watercolour pads, canvases, pastels and brushes and more. It will be open three days a week.

On the gallery walls, meanwhile, a collection of landscape and flower paintings by Norfolk artist, Keith Johnson have just arrived. Look out too, for the two new coastal watercolour and calligraphic maps, by Rosamond Ulph. These are available as limited edition giclee prints, and feature Holme, and Titchwell, the Brancasters, Burnhams Deepdale, Norton and Overy.

Rosamund’s maps are also stocked down at Pocock’s the artmonger at HortiCo Nursery & Garden Emporium at Drove Orchards, Thornham, where Laura is showing botanical paintings by Jane Ironside, Margaret Mallows, and Mary MacCarthy, and Andy English’s garden themed wood engravings.

Our penultimate stop is the Docking studio of local landscape artist Rebecca Lloyd, whose pastels convey the Norfolk countryside. Rebecca has a selection of new large original works, smaller studies and prints available to view by appointment. Her limited-edition prints are also available to purchase at Holkham’s Courtyard Gift Shop.

Dersingham is our final destination, where Dersingham Pottery & Gallery is showing ‘Thornham Triptych’, paintings in acrylic on canvas by Ben Mullarkey, and hand-thrown porcelain with crackle glaze by June Mullarkey. A diary date is their 49th Summer Exhibition, from 10 July to 5 September.